Oops! Paul Oakden Declares Himself “Interim Leader” Of UKIP In Email To Party Membership
UKIP’s Chairman Paul Oakden has accidentally declared himself interim UKIP leader in an email to party members this evening.
The email, which told members what to expect at the party’s Emergency General Meeting on Saturday 17th February, was signed off by “Paul Oakden, Interim Leader”
Oakden has since sent out a correction email to all members, blaming the error on “reasons which are not clear” though hinted at the the newly installed email system as a potential root of the problem.
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He said: “You have just been sent an email from me which was fed into our automated email system. For reasons which are not clear (but were certainly not intentional), at the bottom of the email, my signature was signed off as ‘Interim Leader’ rather than ‘Interim Chairman’.
“To avoid any panic, this is not a coup and despite the many wonders of modern technology, I can also assure you that it is definitely not prophetic.
“I remain, for now, the Interim Chairman. There is no Interim leader.
“Our apologies for any confusion this may cause.”
Henry Bolton is likely to receive a lot of light-hearted flack for this slip-up as he has been promoting UKIP’s new email system as one of his big achievements as UKIP leader and of course, now this will have dampened the mood about that system.